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Iraq's F-16 fighter jets start military ops against Daesh

Iraqi Staff Lieutenant General, Anwar Hama Amin, delivers a speech during a press conference in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on September 6, 2015. (AFP)

Iraq’s F-16 fighter jets have commenced air raids against terrorists’ positions since early September, the country’s air force says.

In a press conference held in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, the commander of the Iraq’s air force, Staff Lieutenant General Anwar Hamad Amin, announced that the warplanes began their operations on September 2, after “obtaining the approval from the Ministry of Defense and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces,” Iraqi News online newspaper reported.

He further said that “the blows of these aircraft were accurate and carried out based on accurate intelligence.”

An F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac at Iraq's Balad air base in the Salahuddin province, north of the capital Baghdad, on July 20, 2015. (AFP)

Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Democratic Party's spokesman in Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, said six female members of Daesh Takfiri group were slain in a military attack launched by an unidentified armed group on Khansa headquarters in Mosul, which belongs to Daesh female elements in the militant-held city.

According to Mamouzini, these Daesh “female activists” were luring other women to join the terrorist group and work for it.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since the Daesh Takfiris launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory. The Takfiris have also been carrying out suicide bombings in areas out of their control, including the capital Baghdad.

In a deadly incident that occurred in the south of Baghdad, two civilians lost their lives and a child and a woman sustained injuries when an explosive device, planted in a street in Madain district, was detonated.

The terrorists have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

Units of army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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